Interior, Period and Exhibit Design

MPF Conservation offers interior design and/or exhibit design for house museums or private clientele. Both Mitchell and Kate Powell have extensive and varied strengths in the design industry.

Mitchell Powell has studied historic design for decades, knows period styles from his vast experience with historic furniture, and is an excellent designer for period appropriate design for exhibits, period house museums and other historical buildings.

Kate Powell has both practiced and taught interior design. She has a degree in architecture from University of Southern California, and was a core design instructor at University of California at Los Angeles for eight years before moving to Oregon.

Note: We do not generally do interior design per se, and often work with interior designers or architects behind the scenes for their clients. If we are restoring/conserving an object, however, we require a meeting (in-person or virtual) for a discussion about the history and intention, and a sign-off by the client regarding the objects preservation efforts.

With our team of artisans, we can recreate a historic furnishing style that fits a specific dimension or need. Whether upholstered or case goods, we have created pieces for diminutive women or tall couples. We can create new pieces for institutions who want a match for existing historic furniture to be used daily by employees, from conference tables to chairs to built-in cabinetry.

A recent public project was the Superintendent’s Residence Design at Crater Lake National Park, shown above and below, which had a complete set of Imperial Monterey furnishings which MPFC conserved and restored as the basis for the design project.

The historic Superintendent’s house is now the Crater Lake Science and Learning Center, a working museum for scientists and students. Pieces procured had to be affordable and in keeping with the period, but, other than the Imperial furniture, were not authentic items from the era.

The dollars budgeted for the dinnerware, draperies, lamps, rugs and accessories was modest. MPFC found items to satisfy the design criteria + budget, without stepping outside the financial constraints of the National Park Service’s budget. Items procured and/or created included drapes, iron drapery rods, reproduction pieces, rugs, plates, runners, pillows (both for the furniture and floor pillows to sit on), throws, lamps, and accessories.

For more information visit our pages on Crater Lake’s Superintendent’s Residence. Examples of room and furnishings before and after shown below.